“The Promise of Spring” Event

Sunday, January 21
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
NPA members free/Nonmembers $15
Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue  98005

Come bask in the beauty, creativity and diversity found in the gardens of NPA members. Be inspired, and gain new insights and ideas from NPA’s open garden hosts and professional garden designer, Karen Chapman. Get energized and ready for your own garden this spring.


10:30 – 11:30 Plant sale of hellebores and other winter bloomers.

11:30 – 12:30 “NPA Open Gardens: Highlights of the 2017 Garden Tours--and gearing up for the 2018 season” with Donna Bogumill and Julia Graham

Join Donna and Julia, NPA’s Open Gardens Directory co-editors, as they take you on an awe-inspiring photo tour of NPA’s Open Gardens. See many of the 100 gardens open in 2017. The diversity of the gardens was astounding – from tiny urban treasures to sprawling country estates, dry desert gardens to tropical jungles to colorful perennial borders, newly minted gardens and those developed as a labor of love spanning 30 years or more. All of the gardens reflected the unique personality and generosity of the garden hosts.

Tucked into the gardens, visitors discovered great ideas for design, fabulous plant combinations, water features, potting sheds, pathways, garden art, miniature gardens, plant labels and so much more. Many of these will be highlighted in the presentation.

If you missed any of the gardens, or would like to revisit your favorites, here’s your chance.
What’s next? Learn how you can be part of NPA's upcoming 2018 Open Gardens season.

12:30 – 1:00  Break  

1:00 – 2:00 “Foliage First” with Karen Chapman

Does your garden look exciting even when nothing is in bloom or does it just become a muddled sea of green? Learn to establish a framework using interesting foliage before layering in additional elements such as bark, berries, flowers and more to breathe new life into your landscape and containers.
Award winning author and landscape designer Karen Chapman will offer inspirational ideas for all four seasons.   

Born in England, Karen Chapman grew up with a trowel in her hand. After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1996, she established her own garden design business, Le Jardinet, in 2006. Initially specializing in custom container gardens, Karen now applies that same attention to detail by designing functional and artistic landscapes. Her designs have been featured in many prestigious publications, including Fine Gardening, Sunset and Better Homes & Gardens. Karen’s aim is always to inspire, educate and share the fun of gardening with her audience.

Karen will be bringing her 2017 co-authored book “Gardening with Foliage First" along with her award-winning book “Fine Foliage” to sell and autograph at the event. 

After lecture Book signing with Karen Chapman

Books may be purchased with cash or checks (not credit card). 
Special discounted pricing:
"Foliage First" (NEW!) $25 includes tax
"Fine Foliage" $17 includes tax
Both books $40 includes tax